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What makes a good leadoff hitter? Orioles buck prototype with Adam Jones

What makes a good leadoff hitter? Orioles buck prototype with Adam Jones

Adam Jones still struggles calling himself a "leadoff hitter," shaking his head at the thought of it. That's because the Orioles center fielder isn't the prototypical leadoff man — the proverbial speedy table-setter who works counts, gets on base, is a base-stealing threat and lets the middle of the order drive him in.

That's not Jones' game. He is a slugger averaging 29 homers and 122 strikeouts over the past five seasons. But while the definition of a true leadoff man remains the same, more teams are putting power bats atop their orders to create disruption in a different way.

"It's crazy that I'm hitting leadoff," Jones said. "It still boggles...

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